Saturday, March 15, 2008
The legality of today’s Champions League quarter-final draw has been called into question after an internet forum predicted the ties two hours before the event. According to goal.com this had caused an erupting storm, though at present this storm seems to be limited to the web site.
Champions League ‘Fix’ Storm Erupts
Lucky fuckers Chelsea, who played Olympiakos in the last round, now only have the face Fenerbahce for a place in the semis. Neither Arsenal nor Liverpool will be happy at drawing each other, though the Reds do have home advantage second. Both Barca and Schalke fans will be pleased - Barca for obvious reasons, Schalke because they've got the glamour team. ManU and Roma wont be so happy - last season's match will still be in the minds of the Giallorossi, while ManU fans will be ordering body armour for the trip.
David Pleat, ex-Spurs manager, TV pundit and dedicated kerb crawler, assesses the draw:
David Pleat's quarter-final guide
Avram Grant is a lucky bastard:
Chelsea granted chance to both make and bury history
ManU fans concerned:
Sir Alex Ferguson is hoping improved security will prevent a repeat of United fans being targeted in the Italian capital
Fan welfare of concern for Roma return
Rafa and Arsene big up their teams:
Arsenal hold no fears to confident Benitez
Arsene Wenger's statement of intent at Arsenal
Lilian Thuram was not willing to enter into the feeling of relief around Camp Nou:
Thuram Warns Against Complacency
Friday, March 14, 2008
Fasteddy's Hot Tips
|Played ||Goal Difference ||Points|
20:00 Betis - Athletic
20:00 Recreativo - Murcia
20:00 Deportivo - Real Madrid
22:00 Valencia - Sevilla
Sunday 16 March
17:00 Villarreal - Zaragoza
17:00 Valladolid - Osasuna
17:00 Getafe - Racing
17:00 Espanyol - Mallorca
19:00 Almeria - Barcelona
21:00 Atletico - Levante
Reports on Tuesday appear to confirm that Didier Drogba is cheating to get to the top. No, not on the goalscoring charts, but rather interestingly, in terms of shirt sales
Drogba Cheating His Way Up The Table
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has called for a conclusion to new contract talks at Stamford Bridge
Lampard: Speed up talks
Shevchenko has told Roman Abramovich of his dissatisfaction with life at Chelsea. Meanwhile wife Kirsten is apparently due in Milan this afternoon to view an apartment. Could a return to AC Milan be looming?
Sheva 'Fed Up' At Chelsea
Desire to join national side for training camp in Singapore angers manager Rafael Benitez, who feels he has been let down
Kewell’s days ay Anfield may be numbered
England's forgotten goalkeeper is finally ready for his debut for Sir Alex Ferguson's side, after nine-month lay-off
Gloves on for Foster in United battle
Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho wants to stay at the club and will put pen to paper on a new contract soon
Carvalho Set To Sign New Blues Deal
Avoiding Barca is surely the aim of the other teams left in the Champions League. Barca themselves will be hoping to sidestep a trip to Blighty. You can almost hear the managers praying, 'give us Fenerbahce, give us Fenerbahce.'
British quartet keen to avoid Barcelona
Torres, Fabregas and Ronaldo a different class
Thursday, March 13, 2008
For a long time it looked like bit-part player Flamini would leave Arsenal. But now, thanks to an exceptional season, he holds all the cards, as Arsenal try and get him to resist the clutches of Juve
Arsenal pressure to agree new Flamini contract
Galarcep: Nowak's tactics all wrong
Seven members of Cuba's squad have gone missing after leaving their hotel
Possible defections leave Cuba's future uncertain
Canada and Mexico draw
Spanish sports daily Marca claims that Thierry Henry is growing increasingly disillusioned with Barcelona's 4-3-3 system, but the ex-gunner says, contrary to reports, that his private life is not having an adverse affect his game
Henry Demands 4-4-2 At Barça
Private Life Not Affecting My Game - Henry
It's hard to believe, but Derby actually scored a goal against a top team, and away from home, too. Unfortunately, at the other end they let in six. Villa scraped a draw against unlucky Boro, while Pompey built on Saturday's cup victory, putting four past Brum.
Frank Lampard scored four against Derby to close the gap on Arsenal and Man Utd
Lampard hits four as Chelsea backlash punishes Derby
The visitors were unlucky at Villa Park after dubious penalty cost them the three points
Villa suffer setback in race for fourth place
The Pompey goalkeeper paid back some of his new contract in advance with a superb display
Vintage James ensures fun times continue
English clubs didn't fare quite as well in the Uefa Cup as in the Champions League due the their traditional problems with penalties. Bayern lost but still went through, as did Leverkusen, Zenit and Getafe.
Juande Ramos commends Spurs lottery loss
Everton forced to pay penalty after brave fight
Bayern Through Despite Home Loss
Roberto Mancini has reportedly told Internazionale president Massimo Moratti that he will stay for another season
Mancini makes dramatic U-turn and tells Inter he wants to stay
For many, the boil on the backside of the game is not referee howlers but Fergie's fits of unsporting pique
Nurse! Time for Sir Alex to have a little lie-down
The once powerhouse of African football has been in poor form of late.
Andrew Hush looks at all the problems and controversy with the Super Eagles.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
After surviving the pressure to avoid relegation last season, Jonathan Spector is eyeing a top 10 finish. The American Abroad spoke to Soccer 365’s Andrew Rogers about team goals, a move to Chicago and MLS, the many accents of England and more…
Martin Samuel says "the economic landscape that Uefa's prestige tournament is redefining across Europe is as uncompetitive as a Soviet election under Stalin. In many European countries, where Champions League entry is limited to one, perhaps two clubs, the wealth of the Champions League has created monopolies, super-clubs that are so powerful that the league is little more than a one-horse race."
"We were at a bus stop when I saw a car go past with the driver wearing a
Bolton fans respond to Liverpool chants of "Going down!"
"You're just a fat Annie Lennox!"
Spurs fans to Dean Ashton during the West Ham game.
All the Fun
Inter Milan 0 - 1 Liverpool (0-3)
Torres strike ensures passage
Mancini to quit Inter at season's end
Fergie: Premier League strongest in Europe
Zanetti: We gave it our best
Benitez: Master of Europe
Some midweek action in England as a few teams play their games in hand. Chelsea should have little trouble pulling themselves back within sight of United and Arsenal at the top of the table, while Birmingham face a difficult trip to Fratton Park to try to distance themselves from the drop zone. Elsewhere, Villa host Boro.
What: Barclays Premier League
When: Wednesday, 12 March, Kick-off: 2000 GMT
Positive Moves at Pride Park
What: Barclays Premier League
When: Wednesday 12th March, Kick-Off: 20:00
What: Barclays Premier League
Who: Aston Villa vs. Middlesbrough
Where: Villa Park, Birmingham
O'Neill Dreams of Europe
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Date: Tue 11 Mar
Round: Last 16
Kick-off: 1945 GMT
US TV: ESPN2
Depleted Inter seek miracle against Liverpool
Torres will sink Inter, says Stevie G
Heath Pearce, Hansa Rostock (Bundesliga)
vs. MSV Duisburg, A, 1-1 (12 minutes, 0 goals)
Pearce replaced the injured Christian Rahn in the 78th minute, a move that seems to prove the incident between him and his coach that occurred during Winter Break is forgotten. His U.S. National Team career may depend on his continuing to get minutes in the first team.
Claudio Ranieri may have matched pre-season expectations by guiding Juve to third, but now fans are unhappy the team isn't involved in the title race.
Ranieri struggling to satisfy Old Lady's unreasonable desires
"This is one of the theories," said Diego Cardona, secretary for sport for the city of Cali, where the brawl occurred. "But when you have so many people drunk, drugged up and looking for a fight, sometimes it's hard to find out what really started it."
U.S. Olympic team head coach Peter Nowak has never been one to care much about reputations. This is a man who in 2004 resisted the siren call of throwing Freddy Adu immediately into the deep end of MLS. And with the release of the Olympic team's roster Sunday, that point was driven home once again.
|Spanish Primera División|
|March 9, 2008||Played||Points|
|Deportivo La Coruña||27||31|
Monday, March 10, 2008
A prankster pretending to be Oscar-winning American actor Nicolas Cage fooled Real Madrid into thinking he was the real thing and enjoyed red carpet treatment at this week’s Champions League match against AS Roma.
Clashes broke out among America de Cali’s “Red Baron” fan club in the 82nd minute of the match with Deportivo de Cali and spread onto the field and around the Pascual Guerrero stadium.
Jozy Altidore and Freddy Adu highlight the squad list for this week’s group matches with
And Rooney is picked as well...
The Dream Continues
Manchester United 0 - 1 Portsmouth
Fergie Fury as Reds Dumped From Cup
Middlesbrough 0 - 2 Cardiff
Bristol Rovers 1 - 5 West Brom
No Upset Here
Liverpool put more pressure on Keegan, West Ham woe as Spurs cruise, Wigan hold Arsenal...
Richard Jolly was at the JJB Stadium for the 0-0 Wigan/Arsenal encounter
Arsenal given reality check by Wigan